Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

by James Barrat
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Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book, I was very excited.  The topic of "artificial" intelligence is rarely talked about seriously in all but the most academic of circles.  However, as I began reading, I quickly noticed two main issues with the book.  First, the author has a subtle agenda that becomes increasingly more palpable as the pages turn.  Secondly, the author fails to mention the most important fact revolving around the debate of AI: We have yet to even deliver a coherent and unified definition of intelligence.  The author, in my opinion, makes the mistake that so many others who are not directly involved in studying complex systems make.  By stripping "intelligence" of high level motifs such as emotions and other intrinsic motivators, we are left with the dilemma of explaining why they exist across species and systems (at least functionally) in the first place.  Although Our Final Invention serves as a good entry level book, too many assumptions are made.  The perils and promises of the emergence of intelligence in silico will most likely define this century, and should be discussed with a sufficient amount of objectivity.
Coriandre-Debnob1e_ More than 1 year ago
A book based on conjecture and fear.  There would be nothing more timely then a logical discussion of AI and it's consequences.  Unfortunately the author utilizes only those sources which are supportive of his views.  He does use well trodden quotes from various publications but tends to only delve into the interviews he has had with a select few scientific ethicists and fantasists who articulate and repeat his fears.  The use of conjecture in this book borders on science fiction and although the author mentions research institutes there is little indication he has actually seriously taken into account the views of engineers, scientists, or programmers currently working in the field of AI.  Instead he treads down the path of institutes opposed to AI.  The sheer lack of creativity in this book borders on cliche after the third or fourth chapter which restates the same opinions over and over again.  And conjecture and opinions are all this book offers in a droning and repetitive manner.  Perhaps if the author used actual facts instead of philosophical science fiction biased doom and gloom, the book might be readable.                                             
ElleRosen More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Barrat writes in a style that is easy to follow and fun to read, and I came away with a much deeper understanding of artificial intelligence and the accompanying challenges, benefits, and threats. Barrat does an excellent job of explaining difficult technical concepts in a way that would be easy to follow for even someone who is completely unfamiliar with the ideas. However, this does not stop him from discussing advanced topics in great length. The book is well-researched and gives a thorough account of the biggest questions that remain for AI researchers today. Overall, an excellent read. Great for anyone interested in technology, artificial intelligence, or existential risks.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Interesting and scary look at the future
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wut is artificial intelligence